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Published November 4th 2012
Curry in a hurry
I used to work in the CBD where I was literally spoilt for choice as far as lunch options went, but earlier this year I decided to take a job out in the burbs. I quickly realised how difficult it can be to find quick, cheap, tasty lunches. Without fail though, one of my favourite restaurants in Brisbane came through with the goods – Punjab Curry Club.
Located at shop 1/433 Old Cleveland Road at Coorparoo, next door to Pepe's Mexican Restaurant, it's open for lunch Monday to Friday between 11am and 2pm. If you haven't eaten there before, you're in for a treat. Think simple Indian food at its finest.
As an avid fan of this cuisine I've tried plenty of Indian restaurants within a 20km radius of the city. I'm a sucker for butter chicken so I generally benchmark each restaurant on this dish. The butter chicken at Punjab Curry Club definitely rates right up there because they use chicken breast not leg meat, and the sauce is very sweet and well, utterly divine.
For $9.95 you can choose a main dish from their Lunch Special menu: butter chicken, chicken tikka masala, Punjabi lamb, lamb Nawabi, beef vindaloo, or dal makhni. This is served with colourful rice, two pappadums and your choice of a veggie samosa or a chicken drumstick, plus a can of soft drink or a glass of mango lassi, the traditional Indian yoghurt drink.
On a warm day, it's nice to sit out in the courtyard and catch up with a friend over lunch. Service was exceptionally fast and the waiter was very personable and friendly. One thing to point out - the lunch size serving of curry isn't huge, but have no misconceptions, it's still quite filling. In my experience, the portion size was perfect when teamed with the comparatively over sized crisp samosa filled with aromatic vegetables.
If you're chained to a desk, they even offer free local delivery for a minimum of four orders. Surely it can't be that hard to rustle up three colleagues keen to share some Indian goodies can it?
Punjab Curry Club is also open for dinner and functions (find them on Facebook). The restaurant is BYO and provides home delivery. If you make your own lunch for work, why not check out their Punjab buffet nights instead? They are run each night, and it's all you can eat for $18.50, which includes a selection of six curries, rice and naan bread.
Also worth noting - as I was seated at the restaurant eating my lunch special the other day, jotting down some notes for this article, I heard two other diners commend the waiter on how great the food was, so don't just take it from me.